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‘OSU!’

When I was younger, I was involved in Shotokan karate. There are many things that I took away from the experience that relate to woodworking and being in the shop. Shotokan, like many other martial arts, teaches principles such as humility, respect, compassion, patience, and both an inward and outward calmness. When we first...

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Bionic Man

I’ve been thinking about Col. Steve Austin a lot lately. You might remember him as the Six Million Dollar Man, a character from the TV series in the ’70s with the same name. After being seriously injured in a test flight, Austin is given artificial replacements for his legs, his right arm, and one...

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Whale Tail Picture Holder

Recently, when I was cutting up some prototypes for the feet of my workbench on the band saw, I ended up with some interesting offcuts. I liked the shapes, especially when I sandwiched them together because they were perfectly symmetrical, so I threw them aside instead of in the garbage. They were made of...

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Golden Ratio, Revisited

Sometimes I need to be reminded that not everyone who reads our blogs are at the same level of woodworking experience, and that I should give explanations as if my readers were beginners. I learned that lesson when I was teaching my first continuing education class in woodworking. It quickly became apparent that I...

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Phi in the Sky, or Leg, as the Case May Be

When designing a piece of furniture, you really can’t go wrong with using the golden ratio. The same might be true for workbenches, but we’ll have to see about that. For my bench, I’m deviating from the norm and putting a foot on the legs of my bench. Standard bench legs always looked unresolved...

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Portuguese Folding Table – SketchUp Model

Project design and construction by  Ajax Alexandre. Editor’s Note: In the October 2011 issue (# 192), there were errors in the SketchUp model, cut list and illustrations for the Portuguese Folding Table.  The table has four arms, not two (as was stated in the article cut list). In addition, correct dimensions are called out...

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Swing Hardware

I bought my kids some Ekorre hand rings from Ikea years ago. I installed them in a spare bedroom and put a mattress underneatht. It was winter so they had a ball swinging and playing on those rings. It was great exercise and they got to a point where they could do quite a...

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Portuguese Table

A clever design yields portable functionality. By Ajax Alexandre Pages: 44-47 From the October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now My father-in-law gave me a table just like this one on our last trip to Portugal. He picked it up in Serra de Monchique, a small mountain village in the Algarve in the southern part...

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Penchant for Pendants

One of the benefits of working full time at the Rhode Island School of Design was that you and your family got to take classes in the Continuing Education Department for free. You only needed to pay the lab fee, if there was one. Computer class never had a lab fee, but you might...